JIM Duffy insists the ugly scenes at the end of his side’s 0-0 draw with Hibernian at Easter Road shouldn’t take the gloss off an impressive point for Morton away to the Championship table-toppers.
The Ton manager was involved in a fracas at the end of the game in Edinburgh last night, and had to be pulled apart from Neil Lennon in a mass brawl following a robust challenge by Kudus Oyenuga on Hibs sub Jordon Forster in the dying minutes of the clash.
But Duffy is adamant his side deserve all the plaudits for leaving Leith with a point — even if he is expecting the melee to be the major talking point.
He said: “It was a poor challenge from Kudus and I think the referee was probably going to deal with it and give a red card. It was dangerous and reckless, the sort of thing you probably would give a red card for.
“Unfortunately their bench reacted and our bench reacted, including myself.
“One or two things were said and there was a bit of a melee and the referee has sent us both to the stands.
“Now everyone will focus on that. A team like Morton have come to Easter Road with the form they have, the fire power they’ve got and the possibility of them winning the league, and left with a point. It’s a fantastic point for us, a great clean sheet – and to keep a clean sheet here is outstanding.
“I know if I get involved in things, I’m as much to blame as anybody and I’ve got to accept that, but I would like to make sure our team get due credit for coming here and earning a point.
“We had to stay strong and organised and over the piece I thought we did that magnificently.”
Duffy admits he’s expecting to hear from the SFA in the coming weeks for his involvement in the climax, but having never been sent off as a manager before, he’s not certain what to expect in terms of punishment.
He added: “It’s something new to me, I’ve been involved in football for a long time and I’ve never been sent to the stands.
“But you’ve got to lose your virginity eventually.
“It was just that they were up and over the top of our player.
“Sometimes you have a reaction as it’s not something you like to see.
“Like I said, I’ve never been in that situation so I don’t know how it works. Maybe I should ask Lenny.”
Asked if the confrontation got physical, Duffy replied: “There were no punches thrown, if I throw a punch you’d know about it.”